Upcoming Networking Events!

Monday, December 15th from 7:00 am – 9:30 am: The Mondays @ 7 Group will host Russell Kenny, who will give a presentation titled: What Color is Your Parachute. For further information, contact Ed Thomas at 203-981-4648 or ejjthomasjr@gmail.com, or the group’s website at http://www.mondaysat7.org/ The meeting is at the Westport United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT 06880 (Exit 42 off the Merritt Parkway).

Monday, December 15th, from 10:00am – 12:00 noon: Northern NJ Professionals in Transition, NNJ_PIT, in conjunction with Sara Greenhouse, President of Generate Buzz, LLC http://www.generatebuzz.net, will facilitate: The Art and Science of Speed Networking. It is designed to accelerate business contacts, involving multiple people exchanging information. Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time. During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals. In addition to your pitch, please also come prepared to share your networking success stories. RSVPs appreciated by 12/14 for supplies, please email Sara at sara@generatebuzz.net. NNJ_PIT meets the first and third Monday of the month, except holidays. For additional information, please contact NNJ_PIT@yahoogroups.com. A schedule of upcoming meeting dates is available at: http://www.bit.ly/prof-in-trans_2014. The meeting is at the Maplewood Public Library, 51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

Monday, December 15th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a special Holiday Pot Luck Brunch and Networking Event. Additional information is available at: http://www.psgcnj.biz. PSGCNG meets every Monday, except holidays. The meeting will be at First United Methodist Church of Somerville, 48 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Monday, December 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm: The Westchester Networking Organization (WNO) will host its 6th Annual Year-end Potluck Supper and Networking Meeting. Agenda: Good food … Good friends … Good times. If you can bring a potluck dish, please indicate so on the registration form. Additional information is available on WNO’s website at: http://wno.weebly.com. Please register in advance at http://WNO20141215.eventbrite.com. The meeting will be at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Monday, December 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm: The Sayreville Public Library will host Dr. Colleen Georges, a career and life coach, who will give a presentation titled: Acing the Interview. Colleen will discuss critical interview tips to ensure that you impress your potential employers. She will also provide answers to some of those tricky interview questions. Click here to View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 1-732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online. The meeting is at the Sayreville Public Library, 1050 Washington Road, Parlin, NJ 08859.

Tuesday, December 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Rockland Job Network (RJN) will host a special meeting on: Topic To Be Determined. If you have any questions or need more information please call Philip Fanara at 1-845-352-0504. The meeting will be at the New City Library, 220 North Main Street, New City, NY 10956.

Tuesday, December 16th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: The Newtown Career Networking Group will host a program titled: Wow, I Did Not Know You Could Use LinkedIn Like That. Please RSVP at: newtownnetworking@gmail.com. For more information, contact the church at 1-215-968-3861 or http://www.newtownnetworking.org. The meeting is at The Newtown Presbyterian Church, Reception Hall, 25 North Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA 18940.

Tuesday, December 16th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Getting The Job You Should Want. For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email svelez@somersethillsymca.org. The meeting is at the Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Wednesday, December 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will offer a program titled: WorkSearch Orientation. Are you a 40+ job seeker? WorkSearch is an online system which provides links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs at no cost to individuals. After taking the orientation, WorkSearch is accessible to registrants through the Internet, or through Library computers. Attendees will be shown how to download the information to a USB flash drive (Bring your own USB drive). The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 17th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Win Sheffield, a career Coach, who will give a presentation titled: Keeping up Your Morale High and Your Job Campaign Progressing through the Holidays. A job campaign can be a long process and can bring with it a fair amount of anxiety. Especially at holiday time it can be challenging to remain upbeat with the ups and downs of a job campaign. This strain on our confidence is the last thing we need when we have an opportunity to cross paths with so many people and need to put our best foot forward. Have you tapped out your contacts? Are you not getting any call backs? Sometimes we cannot see what others can. Join career coach Win Sheffield to learn effective ways to move forward, to increase your morale and even enjoy the holiday spirit. Learn how to: 1) Address and rebuild your career momentum, 2) Get the support net that will sustain you, 3) Recognize and sort out your negative gremlins, 4) Deal with rejection and people not getting back to you, and 5) Recognize your value and take charge of your campaign. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Wednesday, December 17th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, The Bronxville Career Network will host Dr. Pierre Darmon, an IT solutions architect, who will give a presentation titled: Cyber Security for Job Hunters. Learn how to remain safe and secure on your personal computer while navigating the choppy waters of online job hunting. Entertaining, informative and approachable, Dr. Darmon never fails to enlighten and educate his audience, drawing on his extensive knowledge base and many years in the world of corporate computing. Hacking, user error or natural disaster should not deter the dedicated job hunter. Let Pierre show you how to avoid these problems. Key Points the will be discussed include: 1) Protecting your personal computer and data, 2) Keeping your computer healthy, 3) Completing online job applications safely, and 4) Creating a backup file. For further information, email Rich Antash at rantash@gmail.com, telephone him at 914-343-4498, or http://www.reformedchurch.org. For a Google map of the location, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/BCNatRCB. The meeting is at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, in the Edwards Room, 180 Pondfield Road, at the corner of Midland Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Wednesday, December 17th from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, will host a special: Interviewing Workshop. In this meeting, job seekers have an opportunity to pair up and practice asking and answering interview questions. You get valuable feedback from your partner and the facilitator and have an opportunity to role play. Additional information is available at: http://www.jobseekersofmontclair.org/, or by calling 1-973-783-3442. The meeting is at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue (corner of Union Street), Montclair, NJ 07042.

Thursday, December 18th from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Kristina Leonardi, who will give a presentation titled: Staying Motivated Throughout the Job Search Process. Looking for a job can be a long, arduous journey that requires much time and patience, especially in this economy, to see results. Staying positive and motivated throughout the process can make you a less stressed and a more effective applicant, which can in turn accelerate the outcomes you desire. Kristina will help you re-evaluate your overall career and job search strategy to reduce stress. Learn out-of-the-box approaches to find a job, techniques to manifest your ideal position, and tips on time management and work/life balance. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, December 18th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Critique Your Resume. Are your resumes getting you interviews? Are you submitting the same resume for each job posting? Successful job-seekers customize their resume for each position in order to let hiring managers know immediately that they are a good fit. Learn how to incorporate the language from a job posting into a Keyword-rich Summary. Participants must bring a current resume and 2 job postings. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must email Sherry Natkow at snatkow@job-prep.com to enroll and receive additional information. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Thursday, December 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Barry Cohen, CUNY Employment Coordinator, who will give a presentation titled: Powerful First Impressions: How to Find and Get the Job You Really Want. Barry will discuss How to Ace Every Job Interview (Even if you are not the best candidate!) He will also discuss hidden techniques and strategies you need to ace that next job interview. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Friday, December 19th from 9:45 am – 12:00 Noon: The Princeton Public Library and the Professional Service Group of Mercer County is pleased to welcome the holiday with our Annual PSG Holiday Networking Party. Please join this BYO party over good food to meet friends new and old. Visit the PSG of Mercer County website at http://www.psgmc.org to learn about the numerous resources available there. The meeting is at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Thursday, December 19th from 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm: The New York Science, Industry and Business Library will host Sherry Natkow, who will give a presentation titled: Writing a LinkedIn Summary. Creating a LinkedIn profile is a must — particularly for job-seekers. If you have skipped the SUMMARY SECTION you are missing a great opportunity to write engaging and informative text to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. Learn specific techniques to make your Summary pop and capture the attention of decision-makers. Pre-registration is required. Interested participants must email Sherry Natkow at snatkow@job-prep.com to enroll and receive additional information. The meeting is at the New York Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Saturday, December 20th from 8:15 – 10:30 am: The Saint Gregory the Great Networking Group (SGGNG) will host: Joe Himmlefarb, who will give a presentation titled: Your Bad Attitude is Like a Flat Tire. Unless You Change It, You Will Not Get Very Far. When it comes to your attitude, positive beats negative every day. There’s no guarantee that a positive attitude will get you what you want, but a negative attitude probably will not. Join us for a thought provoking, highly interactive, and entertaining program that will address why and how your attitude does affect your ability to sell yourself in your job search, your business, or your daily activities. You will learn: 1) Why taking responsibility for your attitude is, well, your responsibility, 2) Discover how self-fulfilling prophecies hold you down or set you free. Hint: you become what you think about and 3) Tap into ways you can modify your attitude to favor your efforts and get what you want. Additional information at: http://stgregorythegreatchurch.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=283. The meeting is at Saint Gregory the Great’ Church, in the Parish Center, O’Connor Hall, at 4680 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

Saturday, December 20th from 8:30 – 11:00 am: Careers in Transition (CIT) meeting. Individuals give a 15 second elevator speech about themselves — who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (2-3), how the group can help you, and how you can help the group. This is followed by a short period for networking with people you would like to introduce yourself to and exchange business cards. The group then divides into smaller teams for: 1) Resume Assistance, (Please bring 15 copies of your resume if you want it reviewed.) or 2) Support in Overcoming Job Search Obstacles. This includes: A) Small group advice for individuals who have hit the wall and need help to reinvigorate their job search, or B) Large group discussion on various job search related topics. CIT meets the first and third Saturday of each month except holidays. The meeting is in the Winston School Gym at Christ Church, 30 East Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Tuesday, December 23rd from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: Resume Critique. For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email svelez@somersethillsymca.org. The meeting is at the Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Tuesday, December 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Career Forum will host Lloyd Feinstein, a career coach, who will give a presentation titled: How to Close The Interview and Sale. For more information contact Sylvia Velez at 1-908-630-3530 or email svelez@somersethillsymca.org. The meeting is at the Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Saturday, January 3rd from 8:30 – 11:00 am: Careers in Transition (CIT) meeting. Individuals give a 15 second elevator speech about themselves — who you are, what you are looking for, target companies (2-3), how the group can help you, and how you can help the group. This is followed by a short period for networking with people you would like to introduce yourself to and exchange business cards. The group then divides into smaller teams for: 1) Resume Assistance, (Please bring 15 copies of your resume if you want it reviewed.) or 2) Support in Overcoming Job Search Obstacles. This includes: A) Small group advice for individuals who have hit the wall and need help to reinvigorate their job search, or B) Large group discussion on various job search related topics. CIT meets the first and third Saturday of each month except holidays. The meeting is in the Winston School Gym at Christ Church, 30 East Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

The New York Science, Industry and Business Library, located at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016-4314, offers an extensive series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. Inquiries about programs may be made by calling 917-275-6975, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. Click on their link at: http://www.nypl.org/events/calendar?location=65 for a detailed list of upcoming classes. In addition to these great in-person classes, the library also recorded some of the presentations and they are available 24/7 on-line at: http://www.nypl.org/node/90324. Check them out, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

Free Pro Bono Career Coaching. Career Coaching is a PRO BONO / FREE service available to job seekers who wish to focus an existing job search strategy and/or gain insight on how to craft an effective self-marketing plan. Each session is comprised of a 50 minute meeting with a volunteer Job Coach at SIBL’s Madison Avenue location. To make an appointment for a PRO BONO / FREE coaching session, please visit:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30075466

Please provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, and specific goals. If you do not have an e-mail address, please input noemail@email.com when prompted. Once booked, an e-mail confirmation and follow-up reminder will be sent to the e-mail address provided. In addition, you may also receive a courtesy telephone call confirming your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact the Job Search Central Manager at jscnypl@nypl.org or call 1-212-592-7006.

The Westport Public Library, located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880 offers an interesting series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. Click on their link at: http://www.westportlibrary.org/events for a detailed list of upcoming events. In addition, many of these informative presentations are recorded and the podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows, at: http://www.westportlibrary.org/digital/podcasts/search-results?podcast_terms=jobseeker. This is a time saving and cost effective way of seeing a great presentation, from the comfort and convenience of your home. Isn’t technology great!

Wednesdays, from 7:30 – 9:15 pm. Job Seekers of Montclair, located at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 73 South Fullerton Avenue (corner of Union Street), Montclair, NJ 07042. A nonsectarian job-search, career-change and support group meets; various speakers deliver on topics such as: recognizing your accomplishments, resumes, and networking. For a schedule of upcoming presentations, click on their link at: http://www.jobseekersofmontclair.org/, or call (973) 783-3442 for additional information.

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